NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dr. Mike Looney, the superintendent of Williamson County Schools, was officially offered the Director of Schools job for Metro Nashville on Thursday.
All but one school board member voted to approve a contract and offer Looney the position. Whether or not he decides to take the job is still in question.
Looney’s contract entails a $285,000 yearly salary to begin working on Sept. 1 in leading the district’s 86,000 students.
The Williamson County schools director was named the “preferred candidate” last week by the Metro School Board out of thee finalists.
On Monday, Looney was offered a new contract by Williamson County that called for a 5 percent annual raise over four years, a $30,000 one-time retention bonus, and additional vacation time.
However, on Thursday, after Looney was officially offered the Metro job, PJ Mezera with the Williamson School Board said, “We can’t up the offer. We would have to hold a meeting and we can’t do that before he makes his decision.”
Dr. Looney has told both school boards that we would make a decision by Friday.
He has remained mum publicly since Monday about the decision, only saying, “I am honored at the hard work that we have been doing for the last several years and there is a golden opportunity in Nashville that is very appealing to me.”